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Edgeryders: how sharing and collaboration can build a vision for the European young generation

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, January 10 2012

Edgeryders, a project of the Council of Europe and the European Commission

In times of crisis the younger generation seems to be the one that is and will be most affected and without any clue on how to face unprecedented challenges. The Council of Europe and the European Commission are trying to help them by creating a think tank on youth’s transition to an independent active life. They’re doing in an unusual way, though, with a project where the transition experts are young people themselves. Read More

Founding Member Explains the "Wiki" in Wikileaks

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 3 2011

A recent Berlin interview with little-heard-from Wikileaks founding member Daniel Mathews offers an answer to one of the questions still surrounding the evolution of the project: What ever happened to the wiki part, as ... Read More

And the Award for Acceleration Goes to...

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

A sign, perhaps, of how government geekery is going mainstream geek? Legislative innovators PopVox won the prize for best social media and networking site in SXSW's "Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator" competition ... Read More

Adventures in Collaborative FOIA

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Got free time and a love parsing of PDFs? The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an offer: help them make sense of the government docs they get through Freedom of Information Act requests, and if it ends up they don't ... Read More

Building a Public Policy Community of "Citizen Experts" Might Require Translation

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, December 10 2010

U.S. patent application no. 6,655,077 for, yes, a better mousetrap; via IPWatchdog. Read More

Craig's Side Gig: Cleaning up Wikipedia for Pols

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 1 2010

Craig Newmark, who invariably introduces himself as a customer service rep at the eponymous Craigslist, writes that he took an active role in helping American politicians shape their Wikipedia entries this past election ... Read More

Taking a Deep Breath Over Google Supposedly Sending People to the Wrong Polling Places

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 4 2010

Google's polling-place look-up tool used Voting Information Project data to point people to where they needed to go to cast a ballot. A Google spokesperson says that a few million people used the tool on and before this ... Read More

Transparency and Public Shaming: Pakistan Tackles Tax Evasion

In Pakistan, where only one in 200 citizens files their income tax return, authorities published a directory of taxpayers' details for the first time. Officials explained the decision as an attempt to shame defaulters into paying up.

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Facebook Seeks Approval as Financial Service in Ireland. Is the Developing World Next?

On April 13 the Financial Times reported that Facebook is only weeks away from being approved as a financial service in Ireland. Is this foray into e-money motivated by Facebook's desire to conquer the developing world before other corporate Internet giants do? Maybe.

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The Rise and Fall of Iran's “Blogestan”

The robust community of Iranian bloggers—sometimes nicknamed “Blogestan”—has shrunk since its heyday between 2002 – 2010. “Whither Blogestan,” a recent report from the University of Pennsylvania's Iran Media Program sought to find out how and why. The researchers performed a web crawling analysis of Blogestan, survey 165 Persian blog users, and conducted 20 interviews with influential bloggers in the Persian community. They found multiple causes of the decline in blogging, including increased social media use and interference from authorities.

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Weekly Readings: What the Govt Wants to Know

A roundup of interesting reads and stories from around the web. GO

Russia to Treat Bloggers Like Mass Media Because "the F*cking Journalists Won't Stop Writing"

The worldwide debate over who is and who isn't a journalist has raged since digital media made it much easier for citizen journalists and other “amateurs” to compete with the big guys. In the United States, journalists are entitled to certain protections under the law, such as the right to confidential sources. As such, many argue that blogging should qualify as journalism because independent writers deserve the same legal protections as corporate employees. In Russia, however, earning a place equal to mass media means additional regulations and obligations, which some say will lead to the repression of free speech.

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Politics for People: Demanding Transparent and Ethical Lobbying in the EU

Today the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) launched a campaign called Politics for People that asks candidates for the European Parliament to pledge to stand up to secretive industry lobbyists and to advocate for transparency. The Politics for People website connects voters with information about their MEP candidates and encourages them to reach out on Facebook, Twitter or by email to ask them to sign the pledge.

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Security Agencies Given Full Access to Telecom Data Even Though "All Lebanese Can Not Be Suspects"

In late March, Lebanese government ministers granted security agencies unrestricted access to telecommunications data in spite of some ministers objections that it violates privacy rights. Global Voices reports that the policy violates Lebanon's existing surveillance and privacy law, Law 140, but has gotten little coverage from the country's mainstream media.

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